Last Thursday we had our Fall photo shoot. The day started out a little cloudy and rainy, which is actually quite perfect for a Fall photo shoot, but low and behold, right after lunch, the sun came out and brightened everything up. I guess that is always the difficulty in doing an outdoor shoot for clothing meant for a different season. Our Spring shoot was gloomy and our Fall shoot was sunny.
The photos were taken at a house out by UBC. All the photos were taken in one of the most beautiful and manicured gardens I have ever seen. It was truly inspiring being around so much natural beauty. Of course, it takes a lot of time and effort to have a garden this beautiful, as we found out after talking to their four full time gardeners. Imagine that, employing four individuals to take care of your garden 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Insane!
The view, of course, was breath taking, over looking Spanish Banks and the North Shore mountains.
The houses itself was also stunning, though we didn’t go in it much. We just used the bathroom off of the main patio.
Since the back yard was so steep, they leveled it off into different tiers. First was the main patio and pool. Next was the garden and walk way. Third was the bocce court, and then two sets of stairs led you down the cliff in a loop surrounding a ‘wild’ garden with bird houses and views of the ocean.
I am obsessed with this flag stone and grass pattern. I know it will be a pain to maintain, especially with out any full time help, but I am determined to have it in our yard!
There were so many different paths and little nooks all over the garden. It would be the most amazing place to have a classy cocktail party.
The ‘Belmont Grind’ as the owners call it. At the top of one side is a Spirit Bear and at the top of the other side is an Eagle. All that was missing was the Orca! The owners are avid collectors of art and vintage pieces and the gardens were full of their collections.
Nothing can beat these views!
The shoot itself went well. Everything fit like it should and looked amazing in the photos which is always positive. If you ask people at Plum what their favorite season is, they will always say Fall. Nothing beats cozy sweaters and boots. I guess that is until it has rained 30 days in a row and you are screaming for sun!
Some of the collectibles inside the house. The room right beside us was filled, wall to wall, with wooden ducks.
What was also really neat was the collection of Bonsai trees being stored at their house. One of the gardeners explained that the trees were owned by a man quite famous for his Bonsais, but he recently passed away and part of his collection was being donated to UBC. While UBC set up the exhibit, the gardeners at the house were taking care of them.
For some reason I always thought that a Bonsai was a type of tree that grew miniature. I never realized that you could make any tree a Bonsai tree, so when I saw the variety they had I was blown away. They were so beautiful!
Over all it was an outstanding day. The sun, the views, the gardens and beautiful outfits.